Due to the ongoing global pandemic, the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been cancelled and, instead, will be replaced by a television special honoring this year’s inductees. Originally scheduled for May 2nd, the 35th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been rescheduled for November 7th of this year due to the continuous spread of COVID-19.

Earlier this year it was assumed that the worldwide health crisis would’ve blown over by now, but unfortunately, this is no longer the case. “To protect the health and safety of our inductees, their families, crews and our attendees, we’ve made the decision that the scheduled live event is not possible,” said John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “Together with HBO and executive producer Joel Gallen, we will still create an exciting program honoring our 2020 inductees, by telling the stories of their incredible contributions to music and impact on a generation of artists that followed them.”

Nearly 10 months after this year’s inductees were announced on January 15th the televised program will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max and the inductee class of 2020 includes Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, and T. Rex, Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G. Watch this space for updates about this event and the future of music awards shows.

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